Posted: May 8, 2013 8:54 AM by Melissa Anderson - MTN News
HELENA - A large crowd gathered at the First Assembly of God Church in Helena on Tuesday to mourn the deaths of a grandmother and granddaughter who were killed in a crash last week.
Kay Richards, 51, and her 16-year-old granddaughter, Justine Smith, both died of injuries after their vehicle was struck by another vehicle head-on near East Helena on April 30.
Richards was the manager of the Montana Nugget Casino where she worked for 13 years. Justine was a sophomore at Capital High School.
"This has devastated a lot of lives, customers and co-workers alike," casino manager Danette Webster said.
"It's been very hard for me and a lot of the other girls that have known Justine through all of middle school," Justine's friend, Maryah Furlong, recalled.
The driver of the vehicle that struck them, Arielle Schescke, 21, has been charged with two counts of negligent vehicular homicide and negligent vehicular assault. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.
None of those involved in the crash were wearing seat belts.